HB 662 – Restores Limited Firearms Ownership for Misdemeanor Offenses

Measure Title:RELATING TO FIREARMS.
Report Title:
Firearms; Hunting; Target Shooting; Ownership
Description:Provide an extensive process for limited firearm ownership for hunting or sport only for certain misdemeanor offenders who are currently not allowed to possess a firearm in the State.
Hearing Date and Time:House floor vote coming soon! Call your House Representative.

WHAT DOES THIS BILL DO?

  • Allows those convicted of certain misdemeanor crimes (excluding domestic violence) to petition the court to restore limited 2A rights
  • Requirements include be free of arrests for the past 10 years, pass psychological and mental evaluations, and take a hunters education course.
  • A successful judgement allows for the ownership of long guns and muzzle loaders for hunting and target shooting.

WHY DOES HIFICO SUPPORT THIS BILL?

  • Many people convicted of misdemeanor crimes pose no danger to the public and should have their right to bear arms restored. Even in the limited capacity provided for in this bill this restoration of rights is a step in the right direction.
  • Many people have knowingly or unknowingly committed wrong and regrettable acts of this level in the past and have been good citizens ever since.
  • This is common in young adults that commit stupid crimes but later grow up to have a good family and become a productive member of society.
  • Examples of misdemeanor crimes where you can lose your 2A rights and which are restored by this bill include but are not limited to:
    – Misdemeanor Assault: when a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to a victim or when a dangerous instrument is used in a negligent way. This could include a hard slap or grab, physical contact that causes bruising, and reckless/negligent car accidents.
    – Petty Misdemeanor Assault: mutual consent fights.
  • This bill can help persons to support families with an additional source of food and recreation through hunting.
  • This bill allows these people to teach their children and others the responsibilities of gun ownership.

Bill status page: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=662&year=2021

HOW TO TESTIFY

Please call and email your DISTRICT HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE and tell them to “Vote no for the 3rd readings for HB662.” Find your HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE here: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/fyl/